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Implications of Personality Differences for Psychotherapy and Supervision, 6.0 CE
Friday, April 26, 2024, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Category: In-Person Continuing Education Event

Implications of Personality Differences for Psychotherapy and Supervision, 6.0 CE
Presented by Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D. 
Friday, April 26, 2024 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST at UofL Shelby Campus -
450 N Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222 in Founders Union Building Room 218 A/B

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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM 

Event check-in & registration

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

First half of workshop, includes 15 minute break.

12:15 - 1:45 PM 

 Break for lunch
 **KPA is not providing lunch for this event.
 Please feel free to go out or bring your own lunch. 
 There is a list of restaurants nearby

 in the 'Event Location' section of this page.

1:45 - 5:00 PM

Second half of workshop, includes 15 minute break.

Appreciating the implications of personality differences for clinical and supervisory work has been a central concern for psychotherapists since the early part of the twentieth century. Everyone has a personality, whether or not it can be considered pathological. Ever since the 1980 revision of the DSM, personality issues have been relegated to a section of “disorder” categories and described by measurable traits. In the morning session, Dr. McWilliams will offer ten different lenses through which individuality has been viewed (temperament, attachment style, observed clinical pattern, defensive structure, affective organization, implicit cognition, drive tendencies, self-definition versus self-in-relation orientation, core relational theme, and level of severity). She will offer empirical support for each perspective and, using examples, discuss practical clinical implications of each angle of vision, especially that of level of severity. In the afternoon, she will examine the supervisory process, with emphasis on historical controversies, overall goals, ethical challenges and adaptations of supervision to the individualities of both supervisor and supervisee. There will be time for questions and discussion. This workshop fulfills the KRS 319 advanced supervision requirement for KBEP approved supervisors. Skill level: Advanced

Workshop Objectives

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to...

  • Enumerate ten angles of vision by which personality has been conceptualized by mental health professionals and scholars.
  • Differentiate between conceptualizing personality in terms of traits and construing it in terms of intersubjective themes.
  • Apply that knowledge toward more nuanced formulations of the psychologies of their clients and supervisees.
  • Describe eight areas in which experts of differing orientations agree about the treatment of borderline psychologies.
  • Enumerate ten “vital signs” of progress in psychotherapy.
  • Improve their work based on such formulations, especially in challenging professional circumstances.

About the Presenter

Nancy McWilliams, Ph.D., is Visiting Professor Emerita at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Lambertville, NJ. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994; rev. ed. 2011), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2004), and Psychoanalytic Supervision (2021), all with Guilford Press. She has edited or contributed to several other books, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006, Lingiardi & McWilliams, 2017). She is a former president of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association and is on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, Dr. McWilliams is also affiliated with the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.


This workshop is appropriate for Psychologists, Social Workers, Other Mental Health Professionals


****PLEASE NOTE: Due to a high registration demand and limited seating onsite registration for this event is LIMITED.


SPTA Members: In an effort to support members from our sister organizations, we would like to offer you the KPA member rate to attend our event. In order to access this reduced rate, your registration must be run manually by our office staff - please reach out via email to [email protected] or by phone at 502-894-0777 to inquire. Please note, this offer is ONLY open to members of other SPTAs that ARE NOT licensed in Kentucky. 
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Event Location

UofL Shelby Campus Founders Union Building in room 218 A/B.

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Restaurants nearby

KPA is not providing lunch for this event - we have compiled a list below of several quick dining options within 1.5 miles from the event location:
It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that KPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who login more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made on or before Friday, April 12th, 2024, will be eligible for a 90% refund. Cancellations between April 13, 2024 and April 21st, 2024 are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations made between April 21, 2024 - April 25, 2024 will be eligible for a 20% refund. No refunds will be available after April 25, 2024. All refund requests must be in writing to KPA, 8004 Lyndon Centre Way, Suite 202, Louisville, KY 40222, or by email to [email protected].
CE Credits/Attendance

This program is approved for 6.0 CE hours by the Kentucky Psychological Association. 

KPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. KPA is also an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. 

Social Workers & Art Therapists:
KPA is an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Social Work, and the Kentucky Board of Professional Art Therapists. (Provider #1004)

Pastoral Counselors: 
KPA is approved to offer Continuing Education to Pastoral Counselors as stated in 201 KAR 38:070, Section 3(1)(b) as an approved KBEP provider.